It’s been a while since I’ve written a book review, but I just had to start with this one. I recently finished reading Toys by James Patterson and Neil McMahon and let me tell you straight up, this book is a far cry from Patterson’s best work. In fact, I think it would be safe to say that it’s the worst book with his name on it that I’ve ever read.
Now, I know these days most of his books are more written by the co-writers than Patterson himself, but you’d think that he’d have some standards as to what he puts his name on. With this work of fiction though, apparently not.
When I read the summary for this book I envisioned what it said, Bond/Bourne husband & wife team go on an adventure to get their privileged sci-fi lives back. Instead what I got was a guy running around the story who, literally, had no idea what was going on most of the time. Seriously, the main character was generally clueless as to what was happening to and around him and no one bothered to actually sit him down and tell him the truth of the life he lived and the job he was expected to do. Sad. Very sad.
And a really crappy read to boot. I read this on my Kobo eReader and one thing was clear, each chapter was about a page and a half long. If that. Terrible writing style if you ask me. And a cheap-ass way to pad the book out to 368 pages. A lot of blank space and wasted pages. That’s what this book was all about.
And while the premise of the book was what interested me in the first place, genetically enhanced humans trying to eliminate the human race, the story was poorly executed.
The only reason why I even bothered to finish reading it (and it was a trial, let me tell you) is because I’m working towards my goal of reading 24 books in 2012.
Very sad that this had to be the first one though.
I give this book 2 stars out of 5. One star because even though it was painful to read, I actually wanted to find out how it ended, and one star because I liked the premise, even though the actual writing sucked.